Artists Add a Splash of Colour to B-Line Project
New art installations celebrating the history and culture of the local area have started popping up from Manly Vale to Mona Vale as part of an initiative led by the NSW Government’s B-Line project.
Member for Manly James Griffin said Be Here! explores the faces and places that define the Northern Beaches community through the theme, faces and stories of identity, environment, and lifestyle.
“The Be Here! collection comprises 22 artworks by 13 different artists that reflect the distinctiveness of our local environment, heritage and cultural identity of the Northern Beaches and lower North Shore,” Mr Griffin said.
“The artworks are installed on the utility boxes that support the passenger information displays at B-Line bus stops along the main corridor from the CBD to Mona Vale.
“They feature distinctive traits of the local environment such as the flora and fauna of Manly Dam, the diversity and culture of our communities and the indigenous knowledge of the first people of the Northern Beaches.”
Some of the artists featured on the Northern Beaches include ESEM Projects, whose artworks show the connectedness and diversity of the community, Thomas Jackson who features the iconic black cockatoo and an artwork by Jessica Birk which represents how Aboriginal people are culturally and spiritually connected to their families and everything around them.
Paul McDonald has captured the natural environment of the Warriewood wetlands, Egg Picnic the migratory bird life at Long Reef and Neathway the lifestyle and arts of Mona Vale.
Each of the artworks are connected by a common design by Elliott Routledge which is featured on the top and sides of the cabinet representing ripples of the ocean, trees and flora, and lines of classic North Shore architecture.
Glossy Black Cockatoo - Thomas Jackson